Ultimate Guide to New Hampshire State Bar Exam
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New Hampshire State Bar Exam | Basic Information
The New Hampshire Bar Association was formed in 1873. It is mandatory to be a member of this bar association to practice in the State of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). New Hampshire first administered the UBE in February 2014.
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Barbri’s traditional bar prep programs cost $1,999-4,199 and some include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.
Barbri offers access to its traditional, full-time bar prep course for 8-10 weeks, but early access can be purchased.
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Themis’s bar prep program costs $2,695 and includes 1,350+ NCBE questions.
Themis offers access to its online products for four months.
Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.
Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.
Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,199-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.
Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.
Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.
AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $1,299-2,599 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.
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Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.
BarMax’s bar prep course costs $1,895 and includes 1,700+ NCBE questions.
BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.
What’s the format of the UBE?
The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in New Hampshire (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.
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The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.
Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.
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The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.
What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!
Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates
Are you interested in taking the New Hampshire State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the New Hampshire bar exam.
The New Hampshire Bar application fee for most takers is $725.
*Visit the New Hampshire State Bar Admission Office’s website for more information.
If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the filing deadline is December 1. If you want to take the July bar exam, the filing deadline is May 1.
In addition to passing the New Hampshire bar exam with a score of at least 270, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in New Hampshire, including:
- Score 78 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
- Character and Fitness Review
- Graduate from an ABA approved law school
New Hampshire State Bar Admissions Office
Office of Bar Admissions
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord, N.H. 03301
Phone number: (603) 224-8806
What to bring
- Your current driver’s license.
- Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.
- You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
- Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.
- Any item that can connect to the internet
- Any item that can record audio or video
- Food or drink
- Scratch papers
- Study materials
View recent pass lists for New Hampshire:
Frequently Asked Questions
When are my New Hampshire bar exam results released?
New Hampshire bar exam results are usually posted eight to nine weeks after the exam date. February bar exam results are usually posted in April. July bar exam results are usually posted in September.
Can I see my New Hampshire bar exam score?
If you passed the New Hampshire bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your scores in the mail approximately one month after results are announced.
Can I appeal to have my New Hampshire bar exam re-graded?
How many times can I take the bar exam in New Hampshire?
You can retake the UBE four times in New Hampshire.
Applicants seeking admission to the New Hampshire State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements.
If you are a part of a bar in any of the following states, territories, or jurisdictions in the United States, you are able to have reciprocity with the state of New Hampshire: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Maine and Vermont lawyers have special rules that allow easier reciprocity with New Hampshire (see details). In order to be eligible for admittance to the New Hampshire State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:
- Show proof of being admitted to the bar in another state
- Have proof of good standing in the bar in another state
- Have proof of active legal practice for at least five of the last seven years
Here’s a list of law schools in New Hampshire.
University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
- Founded: 1973
- Located: Concord, NH
- Enrollment: about 300
- Tuition Cost: $44,000 View tuition breakdown
- Bar Passage Rate: 93%
- ABA Accredited: Yes
- Website: law.unh.edu
Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:
New Hampshire University School of Law
- UNH Law Community (46 members)
- UNH Law Choir People (10 members)
- UNH Law | Christian Legal Society Chapter (15 members)
- UNH Law Diversity Coalition (5 members)
- UNH Law Hiking Group (15 members)
- UNH School of Law Korean Student Association (24 members)
- UNH Law Secular Student Alliance (6 members)
- If/When/How UNH Law Chapter (41 members)
- UNH Law Book Exchange (137 members)
- UNH Law Pickup Soccer (43 members)
- UNH Law LLM/Master (31 members)
- UNH Law Class of 2022 (185 members)
- UNH Law Hybrid JD Class of 2022 (30 members)
- UNH Law Class of 2021 (152 members)
- UNH Law Class of 2020 (113 members)
- UNH Law JD Class of 2019 (94 members)
- UNH Law Class of 2018 (46 members)
More helpful resources and study materials to help you pass the New Hampshire State Bar Exam: